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Journalistic Independence

  1. 1. cm 135 an introduction to journalisml FALL 2009 BRUCE CLARY, INSTRUCTOR Who Journalists Work For The Elements of Journalism, Chapter Three BRUCE CLARY INSTRUCTOR
  2. 2. cm 135 an introduction to journalisml FALL 2009 BRUCE CLARY, INSTRUCTOR What is journalism’s first loyalty? BRUCE CLARY INSTRUCTOR
  3. 3. cm 135 an introduction to journalisml FALL 2009 BRUCE CLARY, INSTRUCTOR What is journalism’s first loyalty? Journalism’s first loyalty is to citizens. BRUCE CLARY INSTRUCTOR
  4. 4. cm 135 an introduction to journalisml FALL 2009 BRUCE CLARY, INSTRUCTOR Journalism has a long history of putting public interest above all other interests, and … BRUCE CLARY INSTRUCTOR
  5. 5. cm 135 an introduction to journalisml FALL 2009 BRUCE CLARY, INSTRUCTOR Journalism has a long history of putting public interest above all other interests, and … … these inverted loyalties have been traditionally considered the “franchise asset” (53) of news organizations. BRUCE CLARY INSTRUCTOR
  6. 6. cm 135 an introduction to journalisml FALL 2009 BRUCE CLARY, INSTRUCTOR Journalists have often been their own worst enemy BRUCE CLARY INSTRUCTOR
  7. 7. cm 135 an introduction to journalisml FALL 2009 BRUCE CLARY, INSTRUCTOR Journalists have often been their own worst enemy •Independence (and professionalism) evolved into disengagement (57) BRUCE CLARY INSTRUCTOR
  8. 8. cm 135 an introduction to journalisml FALL 2009 BRUCE CLARY, INSTRUCTOR Journalists have often been their own worst enemy •Independence (and professionalism) evolved into disengagement (57) •Journalism became more subjective and judgmental (57-59) BRUCE CLARY INSTRUCTOR
  9. 9. cm 135 an introduction to journalisml FALL 2009 BRUCE CLARY, INSTRUCTOR Journalists have often been their own worst enemy •Independence (and professionalism) evolved into disengagement (57) •Journalism became more subjective and judgmental (57-59) •Isolation led to targeting audiences (59) BRUCE CLARY INSTRUCTOR
  10. 10. cm 135 an introduction to journalisml FALL 2009 BRUCE CLARY, INSTRUCTOR Journalists have often been their own worst enemy •Independence (and professionalism) evolved into disengagement (57) •Journalism became more subjective and judgmental (57-59) •Isolation led to targeting audiences (59) •Journalism misplaced its faith in “the wall” (64-70) BRUCE CLARY INSTRUCTOR
  11. 11. cm 135 an introduction to journalisml FALL 2009 BRUCE CLARY, INSTRUCTOR BUT…the corporate business model is principally responsible for the demise of journalistic independence BRUCE CLARY INSTRUCTOR
  12. 12. cm 135 an introduction to journalisml FALL 2009 BRUCE CLARY, INSTRUCTOR BUT…the corporate business model is principally responsible for the demise of journalistic independence •Tying journalists’ compensation to their news organization’s financial performance changes their allegiance (62) BRUCE CLARY INSTRUCTOR
  13. 13. cm 135 an introduction to journalisml FALL 2009 BRUCE CLARY, INSTRUCTOR BUT…the corporate business model is principally responsible for the demise of journalistic independence •Tying journalists’ compensation to their news organization’s financial performance changes their allegiance (62) •The corporate model focuses on short-term returns; the traditional model is long-term BRUCE CLARY INSTRUCTOR
  14. 14. cm135 an introduction to journalisml BRUCE CLARY INSTRUCTOR The news business differs from every other kind of business
  15. 15. cm135 an introduction to journalisml BRUCE CLARY INSTRUCTOR The news business differs from every other kind of business •Most businesses provide a customer with a product or service in exchange for money
  16. 16. cm135 an introduction to journalisml BRUCE CLARY INSTRUCTOR The news business differs from every other kind of business •Most businesses provide a customer with a product or service in exchange for money •News businesses are building relationships and credibility, which they then “sell” to advertisers (63-64)

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